However, I stand in admiration of these crafty people (not crafty like Brer Rabbit – but crafty like “I just whipped up amazing winter decorations for every room in our house, while I was knitting matching mitten/scarf sets for orphans and making home-made Christmas cards for all 200 people on our mailing list”).
I always walk away a little resentful I could not think of any of their amazing craft ideas in a lifetime or find the energy to craft up a single Christmas card. Oh sure, in college I made a few Christmas presents for friends.
I seem to recall an angel ornament made from a variety of noodles – this was the height of my Craft Career and my skills have since been in serious decline.
All told, scrap booking has left me with a few feeble attempts and one half finished book.
Knitting sounds like something I would like to do – but the skill set is beyond my capacity.
Even baking is something I leave to the professionals.
However, I will say here in Africa I am surrounded by some amazing Craftation Women. I even attended a craft night and attempted to make some “Joy to the World” birds. Yes, it’s true.
This is my green "Joy" bird - as in "Joy to the World" - to be hung from a pinecone branch I found outside
For those that know me well, rest assured that I was surprised as anyone to find myself later stringing pop-corn for our tree and hanging an Advent Bunting Calendar. I had not even heard of bunting till last week. Who knew this was the latest fashion? Triangle banner flags hung by string? Do you see how out of touch I have been with the Crafting World?
I even found myself buying some old buttons from an antique store – thinking, "WHITE BUTTONS! These must be useful to someone! Maybe they could be useful to ME!"
So here is the new me – attempting a few Christmas crafts – next thing you know, I’ll be making my own clothes, kneading bread from scratch, and canning tomatoes.
Alright - this idea is swiped from the VERY CRAFTY KATE (Christmas Advent Bunting Calendar) and the paper was donated by my friend Sarah - but I did print the numbers, cut and glue them (my 4 year old should be proud)
Advent Bunting Calendar (mark the day with a paper clipped black arrow)
We put our mini-tree on a table - in hopes of making it feel a little more tall-ish
Little did I know it takes about 2 hours to string pop-corn for a mini sized tree
The white buttons inspired me! I think I'll put this star at the top of our tree (Jensen has been VERY disturbed we have a starless tree).
I hope he appreciates the fact that I have been craftin my fingers to the nubbins!
Besides crafting...see the other cool things we are doing in Africa! See December journal
If you have a favorite Christmas craft, recipe or idea - please comment below!